Yeah, I didn't see your link at first - did you add it to your post?
I think, Fox, we better let this drop here. You know as well as I do that it wasn't a mis-statement on his part. He clearly said that Iraq is a peaceful, stable country. He then says 'the surge has succeeded, and we are winning.' The interviewer says, 'but we haven't succeeded yet, right? McCain answers, 'the surge has succeeded, and we are winning.' The interviewer asks if we are at the point where we can draw down; McCain says 'that's the view of general Petraeus.' None of that excuses his comment in the slightest.
Here's a link to some excerpts from the interview:
There's a theme that recurs in your books and your speeches, both about putting country first but also about honor. I wonder if you could define honor for us?
Read it in my books.
I've read your books.
No, I'm not going to define it.
But honor in politics?
I defined it in five books. Read my books.
[Your] campaign today is more disciplined, more traditional, more aggressive. From your point of view, why the change?
I will do as much as we possibly can do to provide as much access to the press as possible.
But beyond the press, sir, just in terms of ...
I think we're running a fine campaign, and this is where we are.
Do you miss the old way of doing it?
I don't know what you're talking about.
Really? Come on, Senator.
I'll provide as much access as possible ...
McCain is clearly uncomfortable and upset. He has been constrained by his handlers to never give anything that might seem like it's straying off of message. It's sad to watch a guy who was once so open with the press, turn in to the exact opposite. Easy to understand why, though: he knows he's going to lose.
You don't have to admit to us that he said something stupid, and let's be frank: something far dumber then saying 57 states by mistake. He made an affirmative statement about Iraq which is false. You know very well that the guy is in la-la land. You just have no other option but to defend him at this point, do you?